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How To Be A Popular And Effective CEO

How To Be A Popular And Effective CEO

Becoming a CEO is the utmost jump and nearly the highest achievement that an executive can make in his or her career. However, we rarely look at the other side of this station — the side that entails all the new challenges a CEO has to face in leading the company towards success.

One of the most difficult challenges faced after taking the leadership seat is becoming popular and effective for the organization. Most business leaders aren’t sure if being popular amongst the employees or being effective CEO leadership will give their company the boost it deserves. For most of CEOs, creating a balance between popularity and effectiveness is crucial. Some of them might get strict on their employees in an effort of enhancing effectiveness but in the long run they end up with losing a grip on the team. Others will go for popularity by losing effectiveness in the working. Creating a balance between these two is important for every CEO, to learn in the quest of meeting the company’s vision.

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Here are a few guidelines on how to become a popular and effective CEO and how to create a balance between these two:

1. Empower your team.

Empowering your team is one of the ways to become a popular CEO and still maintaining effectiveness. This can be achieved by letting each member of the team know that what they are supposed to do, teaching them how to do it and letting them do it by themselves. What CEOs should avoid is micromanaging; how their team members perform their duties- telling them how to get their job done. This however, does not mean that the CEOs should not get involved. On the contrary, they should by discussing their high-level goals with the team members, sharing their expectations and letting them know they are there to help them. They should then leave them to discover how to accomplish these goals on their own.

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2. Work hard but smart

Success is mostly an outcome of hard work. However, working hard and not smart enough will not have much reward. As a frontrunner, a CEO must recognize the difference between working hard and working smart; not just for themselves, but for those they lead.

Good CEOs lead their team in achieving that which is of importance to the company and filter out that which is not. They will keep the team focused on the things that will drive more value to them. One way of achieving this is celebrating the moments when company makes a big achievement. They make it a culture to work hard, perform harder, which improves their popularity among the team and at the same time boosts the team effectiveness.

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3. Manage expectations

Transparency and communication is another strategy that can help in building self-popularity and effectiveness of your team. Each member of the team needs to know what do you expect from your team. Regularly inform your members what is working, what is not and how they should deal with it. It is also of importance to acknowledge the efforts of those making things happen and recommend improvements to those, not achieving much. In doing this, each team member understands what is happening and what role they should play in it.

4. Get inspired

Great CEOs never stop learning. They encourage their team members to learn something new each day. To achieve this, you can have meetings or forums, maybe in the morning when the members of your team meet and share. You can also use this forum to teach them things that will help them manage their duties, teach them more about the products and service the company offers and much more. In doing this you will broaden each other’s view on topics outside the wheelhouse of knowledge helping in team bonding and effectiveness.

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5. Delegate work

As much as we would love to do everything on our own and to our own standards, we just can’t. It’s simply not possible. Popular and effective CEOs understand that he cannot work alone and he identifies individuals in the team who are gifted in certain skills and delegate some of their duties to them. This raises trust among the team and enhances effectiveness.

6. Motivate the team through despair

There will be mountains along your way to success; that’s life. Good CEOs are able to take these moments of despair and keep their team focused to the company’s vision. They are able to steer the team forward and face these challenges head on. They keep the team motivated despite all. These are the popular and effective CEOs.

7. Have an uncanny ability to say no

As a CEO, you will be inundated with a number of requests from members of your team or potential customers. Some will sound wonderful and it would be easier to say “YES” but it would be harder to say “NO” to those that are not as pleasing. However, CEOs who have an uncanny ability to say NO will be able to explain why a particular request won’t go through without making the team members feel demoralized. They uphold their relations with members of their team and maintain their effectiveness.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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